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El enredo de la bolsa y la vida
Author: Eduardo Mendoza
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8432210277
Pages: 269
Year: 2012-04-10
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El anónimo detective de El misterio de la cripta embrujada, El laberinto de las aceitunas y La aventura del tocador de señoras regresa a la acción en tiempos de crisis. Contra su voluntad, es decir, movido por la amistad y sin un euro en el bolsillo, vuelve a ejercer de insospechado sabueso en la Barcelona de hoy en una carrera contrarreloj por desarticular una acción terrorista antes de que intervengan los servicios de seguridad del Estado. Años después de dejar el sanatorio mental donde compartieron celda, Rómulo el Guapo le propone un golpe a nuestro protagonista. Su negativa y la misteriosa desaparición de Rómulo serán el arranque de un enredo para resolver un caso de repercusiones internacionales con la ayuda de un infalible equipo: la adolescente Quesito, el timador profesional Pollo Morgan, el africano albino Kiwijuli Kakawa, conocido como el Juli, la Moski, acordeonista callejera, el repartidor de pizza Manhelik y el señor Armengol, regente del restaurante Se vende perro. Eduardo Mendoza regresa con una sátira genial, como las que sólo él sabe hacer. En ella la fábula crea su propia verosimilitud, que es, paródicamente, la del género policial, y la de la farsa convertida en apólogo moral. No se puede contar el libro sin una sonrisa; pero es imposible leerlo sin carcajadas, y sin comprender que en la Europa en quiebra técnica que habitamos no basta con el humor dinamitero e inventivo: es preciso, además, el don de la lucidez.
El enredo de la bolsa y la vida
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Publisher: fryha
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Year: 2012-04-09
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El anónimo detective de «El misterio de la cripta embrujada», «El laberinto de las aceitunas» y «La aventura del tocador de señoras» regresa a la acción en tiempos de crisis. Contra su voluntad, es decir, movido por la amistad y sin un euro en el bolsillo, vuelve a ejercer de insospechado sabueso en la Barcelona de hoy en una carrera contrarreloj por desarticular una acción terrorista antes de que intervengan los servicios de seguridad del Estado. Años después de dejar el sanatorio mental donde compartieron celda, Rómulo el Guapo le propone un golpe a nuestro protagonista. Su negativa y la misteriosa desaparición de Rómulo serán el arranque de un enredo para resolver un caso de repercusiones internacionales con la ayuda de un infalible equipo: la adolescente Quesito, el timador profesional Pollo Morgan, el africano albino Kiwijuli Kakawa, conocido como el Juli, la Moski, acordeonista callejera, el repartidor de pizza Manhelik y el señor Armengol, regente del restaurante ‘Se vende perro’. Eduardo Mendoza regresa con una sátira genial, como las que sólo él sabe hacer. En ella la fábula crea su propia verosimilitud, que es, paródicamente, la del género policial, y la de la farsa convertida en apólogo moral. No se puede contar el libro sin una sonrisa; pero es imposible leerlo sin carcajadas, y sin comprender que en la Europa en quiebra técnica que habitamos no basta con el humor dinamitero e inventivo: es preciso, además, el don de la lucidez.
An Englishman in Madrid
Author: Eduardo Mendoza
Publisher: MacLehose Press
ISBN: 1623657199
Pages: 368
Year: 2015-07-07
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Anthony Whitelands, an English art historian, is invited to Madrid to value an aristocrat's collection. At a welcome lunch he encounters Jose Antonio Primo de Rivera, founder and leader of the Falange, a nationalist party whose antics are bringing the country ever closer to civil war. The paintings turn out to be worthless, but before Whitelands can leave for London the duque's daughter Paquita reveals a secret and genuine treasure, held for years in the cellars of her ancestral home. Afraid that the duque will cash in his wealth to finance the Falange, the Spanish authorities resolve to keep a close eye on the Englishman, who is also being watched by his own embassy. As Whitelands--ever the fool for a pretty face--vies with Primo de Rivera for Paquita's affections, he learns of a final interested party: Madrid is crawling with Soviet spies, and Moscow will stop at nothing to secure the hidden prize.
Fictional Portrayals of Spain's Transition to Democracy
Author: Anne L. Walsh
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 1527500454
Pages: 140
Year: 2017-08-21
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This manuscript looks at a selection of narratives published in Spain during the transition to democracy and compares them with more recent publications. The main focus here is how fiction brings an extra dimension to the recreation of the past, by adding imagination to historical fact. One effect of this is to challenge readers or spectators to question the effect the reliability of the narrator has on conviction about the events told. By using a specific moment in time, Spain’s Transition, it will be seen that memory, history and imagination all blend together to create very different stories, but all are linked with the idea that the past will always haunt the present and actions from the past will have far-reaching consequences. Texts analysed here include work by Javier Cercas, Eduardo Mendoza, Manuel Vázquez Montalbán, Rosa Montero, Arturo Pérez-Reverte, and Gonzalo López Alba, as well as episodes from two popular TV series, Cuéntame cómo pasó and Protagonistas de la Transición.
El secreto de la modelo extraviada
Author: Eduardo Mendoza
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8432225746
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Year: 2015-10-27
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En la nueva novela de Eduardo Mendoza, El secreto de la modelo extraviada, el detective loco que protagonizó El misterio de la cripta embrujada, El laberinto de las aceitunas y recientemente El enredo de la bolsa y la vida recuerda un caso aparentemente cerrado de los ochenta y no ceja en su empeño de resolverlo más de veinte años después. El detective más divertido de la narrativa española nos cuenta aquí su doble aventura: «Para el que ha pasado buena parte de su vida encerrado en un manicomio, aunque sea injustamente, como es mi caso, una reacción absurda no tiene nada de particular, aunque eso suponga meterse en líos. La cuestión es que un incidente trivial me trajo recuerdos y viajé al pasado (con la memoria, ya he dicho que no estoy loco). Años atrás me vi envuelto en un asunto feo. Habían asesinado a una modelo y me culpaban a mí. Por supuesto, sin razón: una modelo no haría caso a un tipo como yo ni asesinándola. Simplemente, había un oscuro enredo, estaba metida gente importante y pensaron que yo podía servir de cabeza de turco o de conejillo de indias, o como sea que se llame el desgraciado que paga los platos rotos. Para salvar el pellejo tuve que recurrir a mi ingenio y a métodos poco convencionales y pedir ayuda a personas de mi círculo, no siempre recomendables. No sé si salí bien parado del intento, pero salí. Ahora todo aquello ya es agua pasada. Sin embargo, un impulso me ha hecho volver sobre mis pasos, recorrer los antiguos escenarios, buscar a las personas que fueron protagonistas de aquel oscuro caso, y resolverlo por fin. Pero las cosas han cambiado. No sólo las personas y la forma de vivir, sino sobre todo la ciudad. En aquella época, Barcelona era una cochambre. Hoy es la ciudad más visitada y admirada. ¡Quién nos lo iba a decir! La Barcelona del presente no tiene nada que ver con la Barcelona del pasado. ¿O sí?».
The Heart Has Its Reasons
Author: Maria Duenas
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1451668368
Pages: 384
Year: 2014-11-11
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Declared “a writer to watch” (Publishers Weekly, starred review), New York Times bestselling author María Dueñas pours heart and soul into this story of a woman who discovers the power of second chances. A talented college professor in Madrid, Blanca Perea seems to have it all. But her world is suddenly shattered when her husband of twenty years leaves her for another woman. Questioning the life she once had and whether she truly knows herself, Blanca resolves to change her surroundings. She accepts what looks like a boring research grant in California involving an exiled Spanish writer who died decades ago. Anxious to leave her own troubled life behind, she is gradually drawn into his haunted world, with its poignant loves and unfulfilled ambitions. But in delving into the past, Blanca finds herself simultaneously awakened to the present by Daniel Carter, a charismatic professor with crucial knowledge about the dead writer that he has never before revealed. Amid this web of passion, conflict, and hidden feelings, including her own, Blanca advances like an avid detective, refusing to quit, and ultimately discovers startling answers that resonate deeply in her own life. Evocative, lyrical, and humorous, The Heart Has Its Reasons is a journey of the soul from the pangs of the past to the vibrant present. It is a story about the thrill of creating one’s life anew.
Telling Tales: Storytelling in Contemporary Spain
Author: Anne L. Walsh
Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
ISBN: 144387681X
Pages: 312
Year: 2015-01-01
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This volume delves deeply into the role played by stories and storytelling in shaping, controlling and mapping present-day Spain, and examines fiction in various manifestations and genres, especially written and filmic. It contrasts such stories and their context with the past, investigating the differences and similarities between spatially and geographically varying narrations in order to tease out the link between the time of telling and the act of living. Throughout the book, scholars look separately at this phenomenon, and their findings reveal a close bond between events occurring in the real world and the relating of fictional stories. Particularly in Spain, the geographic space of interest here, storytelling is used both as catharsis and didactically. Authors and filmmakers find inspiration in everyday occurrences, and, while there is nothing unusual in that, the interest here lies in the consequent transformation of these occurrences into fascinating stories that attempt to make sense of chaotic events, connect those events temporally, and explore the meaning of the consequent coherence. Stories are at the very essence of humanity, be they fictional or based on everyday reality. This collection focuses specifically on Spain where easily identifiable features of history (such as the Spanish Civil War, the Franco Dictatorship, transition, democracy, and the global economic crisis) have had a major impact on everyday life. The narratives emerging show clear evidence of that impact, with an emphasis on such themes as the significance of memory, the impossibility and instability of such memory, the chaotic nature of life, and the place of the nation/state in the psyche of the individual, with emerging themes investigating the role of solidarity and empathy in the empowerment of the individual. This volume is informed by the shift that occurred in the twentieth century towards a world of unstable parameters, whereby whatever knowledge that is received must be questioned as to the extent of its authenticity since that knowledge is always affected by memory, experience, and time, all subjective phenomena in themselves.
The White Road
Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1501122657
Pages: 432
Year: 2015-08-25
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In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, deeply rooted in old evil--and old evil is Charlie Parker's specialty. He's about to enter a living nightmare, a dreamscape of sorrow haunted by the murderous specter of a hooded woman, by a black car waiting for a passenger that never comes, and by the sinister complicity of both friends and enemies in Larousse's brutal death. Soon, all will face a final reckoning in an unearthly realm where the paths of the living and the dead converge. A place known only as the White Road.
La Estanquera de Vallecas
Author: José Luis Alonso de Santos
Publisher: Aris and Phillips Hispanic Cla
ISBN: 1786941058
Pages: 176
Year: 2018-03-19
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Part comedy, part thriller, part social critique, The Granny and the Heist (La estanquera de Vallecas) is the play with which José Luis Alonso de Santos reinvigorated the Spanish stage during a period of uncertainty upon the death of Francisco Franco and the end of theatre censorship. Premiered in 1981, it established Alonso de Santos as the most important playwright in Spain at a time when the country was emerging from decades of relative isolation from the rest of Europe. Set in a working class area of Madrid, the play tells the story of Leandro and Tocho, two out of work builders whose plan to rob a tobacconists goes awry due to the refusal of its owner, feisty grandmother Justa, to hand over the money. Barricading themselves in the shop as the forces of order arrive, the men take Justa and her granddaughter Ángeles hostage. In the stand-off that ensues, Alonso de Santos deftly interweaves tense excitement, comic banter and moments of great tenderness, eliciting our sympathy for the residents of the Vallecas neighbourhood, equally ignored by Spain's nascent democracy as they had been under the dictatorship. This edition features Stuart Green's facing page translation, as well as a critical introduction that provides readers with knowledge of the historical and cultural context in which the play was written and performed. The edition also includes an extensive collection of classroom activities especially designed by Lucy Meyer and Stuart Green to enable secondary school and university teachers to use the play, its translation and other authentic materials to teach a variety of linguistic and grammatical features of Spanish in all four skills areas in language learning.
Adam's Rib
Author: Antonio Manzini
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 0062354698
Pages: 320
Year: 2016-08-02
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From the bestselling author of Black Run comes Antonio Manzini’s mesmerizing second mystery novel featuring detective Rocco Schiavone. Six months after being exiled from his beloved Rome, Deputy Police Chief Rocco Schiavone has settled into a routine in the cold, quiet, chronically backward alpine town of Aosta: an espresso at home, breakfast in the piazza, and a morning joint in his office. A little self-medication helps Rocco deal with the morons that almost exclusively comprise the local force. Especially on a day like today. It’s his girlfriend’s birthday (if you could call her that; in his mind, Rocco’s only faithful to his late wife), he has no gift—and he’s about to stumble upon a corpse. It begins when a maid reports a burglary in Aosta. But there’s no sign of forced entry, and after Rocco picks the lock, he notices something off about the carefully ransacked rooms. That’s when he finds the body: a woman, the maid’s employer, left hanging after a grisly suicide. Or is it? Rocco’s intuition tells him the scene has been staged. In other words, it’s murder—a pain in the ass of the highest order. In this stylish international mystery, Antonio Manzini further establishes Rocco Schiavone as one of the most acerbic, complicated, and entertaining antiheroes crime fiction has seen in years.
Las imperfectas
Author: Cristy Marrero
Publisher: Vintage Espanol
ISBN: 1101972475
Pages: 384
Year: 2016-10-25
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“Somos un bonche de mujeres exitosas, algunas con los pies en la tierra, algunas con la cabeza en las nubes y otras con expectativas en el más allá. Todas fuertes, guapas y divertidas y por eso las respeto de corazón. Con o sin marido, mal folladas o felices, en español o en inglés, nuestra única intención en la vida es diseñar y construir un puente indestructible entre nuestros corazones y nuestras mentes.” Somos María, Linda, Martita, Astrid, Gladys, Victoria, Yamila, Zulma, Elisa y Cecilia: diez mujeres, un camino... En este honesto (#nofilter) y humorístico relato nos damos cuenta lo distintas que somos y cómo, al mismo tiempo, queremos lo mismo: simplicidad, amor, paz, balance, celebrar nuestra feminidad, y saber que todo va a estar bien. Que sólo podemos controlar nuestras intenciones, mas nunca los resultados. Aunque a veces nos cueste reconocer y escuchar por temor a ser vulnerables por temor a lo desconocido—a lo que ya está escrito, rompemos estereotipos según los vamos creando. Así, nos declaramos perfectamente imperfectas.
Cartas desde Dinamarca
Author: Isak Dinesen
Publisher:
ISBN: 8415717113
Pages: 496
Year: 2012-10
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Isak Dinesen, pseudónimo de la escritora de lenguas danesa e inglesa Karen Blixen, cuya obra está marcada indeleblemente por sus experiencias de casi veinte años en Kenia (1913-1931), donde radicó con su esposo y primo, el barón sueco Bror Von Flixen-Finecke, y sostuvo una relación amorosa con el cazador inglés Denys Finch Hatton. Aunque desde 1907 ya había publicado algunas obras, como La familia Cats (1909) o La venganza de la verdad (1926), el inicio formal de su trayectoria literaria se produjo al volver a su natal Dinamarca, con Siete cuentos góticos (1934), por los que alcanzó un gran reconocimiento, pero el parteaguas lo demarcó su siguiente obra: Memorias de Africa (1937, también traducida como Africa mía y Lejos de Africa), galardonadas con el Premio Viaje en 1939. La autora, quien durante toda su vida adulta sufrió problemas permanentes de salud, mantuvo su actividad durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial con Cuentos de invierno (1942) y la novela The Angelic Avengers (1944), aunque hubo de aguardar más de una década para publicar su siguiente libro, Last Tales (1957), al tiempo que era postulada en dos ocasiones para el Premio Nobel (1954 y 1957). Anécdotas del destino (1958) y la autobiográfica Shadows of the Grass (1963) conforman la última etapa de la obra aparecida en vida de Blixen, de quien han sido editados en forma póstuma Ehrengard (1963), Carnaval: recreaciones y cuentos póstumos (1977) y Cartas de Africa (1981), entre otros títulos. Admirada por sus contemporáneos Ernest Hemingway o Truman Capote, la carismática figura de la escritora, baronesa y viajejera danesa se ha mantenido también en el imaginario a través de adaptaciones fílmicas, como las de las novelas An Inmortal Story (1968), por Orson Welles, y El festín de Babette (1987), por Gabriel Axel, o Africa mía (1985), película de Sydney Pollack, basada en las memorias y correspondencia de Dinesen
God is Round
Author: Juan Villoro
Publisher: Restless Books
ISBN: 1632060779
Pages: 256
Year: 2016-04-22
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A brilliant, kaleidoscopic exploration of soccer—and the passion, hopes, rivalries, superstitions, and global solidarity it inspires—from award-winning author and Mexico’s leading sports journalist, Juan Villoro. On a planet where FIFA has more members than the United Nations and the World Cup is watched by more than three billion people, football is more than just a game. As revered author Juan Villoro argues in this passionate and compulsively readable tribute to the world’s favorite sport, football may be the most effective catalyst for panglobal unity at the time when we need it most. (Following global consensus, Villoro uses “football” rather than “soccer” in the book.) What was the greatest goal of all time? Why do the Hungarians have a more philosophical sense of defeat than the Mexicans? Do the dead play football? In essays ranging from incisive and irreverent portraits of Maradona, Messi, Ronaldo, Pelé, Zidane, and many more giants of the game to entertaining explorations of left-footedness and the number 10, Juan Villoro dissects the pleasure and pain of football fandom. God Is Round is a book for both fanatics and neophytes who long to feel the delirium of the faithful. Praise for God is Round “If you want to talk about soccer, go talk to Juan Villoro.” —Carlos Fuentes “In trying times like these, when the anguish and uncertainty can be almost too much to bear, Mexico turns to him, its philosopher-fanatic, to make sense of the seemingly nonsensical. With the nation’s hopes for the World Cup spiraling into doubt and chaos, Juan Villoro, one of Mexico’s most decorated and esteemed writers — who also happens to be a leading soccer analyst—comes charging down the metaphorical field to scold, explain and extract the lessons within.” —The New York Times “The literature of Juan Villoro…is opening up the path of the new Spanish novel of the millennium.” —Roberto Bolaño “[Villoro] has assumed the Octavio Paz mantle of Mexican public wise man of letters (though with none of Paz’s solemnity, for Villoro is as boyishly effusive, brimming with laughter and cleverness, as Paz was paternalistically dour—and, of course, Villoro, the author of the book God Is Round, may be the most fútbol-obsessed man alive)” —Francisco Goldman, The New Yorker Juan Villoro is Mexico’s most prolific, prize-winning author, playwright, journalist, and screenwriter. His books have been translated into multiple languages; he has received the Herralde Award in Spain for his novel El testigo, the Antonin Artaud award in France for Los culpables. His novel, Arrecife, was recently short-listed for the Rezzori Prize in Italy. Villoro lives in Mexico City and is a visiting lecturer at Yale and Princeton universities. Thomas Bunstead's translations from the Spanish include work by Eduardo Halfon and Yuri Herrera, Aixa de la Cruz's story “True Milk” in Best of European Fiction, and the forthcoming A Brief History of Portable Literature by Enrique Vila-Matas (a co-translation with Anne McLean). A guest editor of a Words Without Borders feature on Mexico (March 2015), Thomas has also published his own writing in the Times Literary Supplement, The Independent, the Paris Review blog, 3ammagazine, Days of Roses, readysteadybook, and >kill author.
La aventura del tocador de señoras
Author: Eduardo Mendoza
Publisher: Grupo Planeta Spain
ISBN: 8432291420
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Year: 2011-11-05
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La aventura del tocador de señoras retoma las enloquecidas aventuras del innombrado protagonista de El misterio de la cripta embrujada y El laberinto de las aceitunas, convertido esta vez en peluquero ocasional, buscavidas incondicional y víctima de un engaño que le obliga a investigar un asesinato para salvar su propio pellejo. Algo más entrado en años, pero igual de estrambótico, nuestro héroe abandona definitivamente el manicomio en el que lleva décadas confinado, con la idea de encauzar su vida. No se espera de él que resuelva enigma alguno, pero su destino le llevará a hacerlo. Tampoco la ciudad que le aguarda es la Barcelona cambiante de la transición o la todavía en ebullición de comienzos de los años ochenta: nos encontramos en la resaca postolímpica, en un mundo que se ha vuelto a la vez más turbio y más complejo, pero cuyas leyes permanecen tan inescrutables para el improvisado sabueso como las de antaño. Sin más recursos que los que le brinda un instinto que sin él saberlo es el propio del pícaro, ha de encararse a una malla de lianas invisibles, aunque mortíferas, que tejen un entramado de crimen y corrupción. La aventura del tocador de señoras es una narración delirantemente divertida, marcada por el contraste entre el carácter hilarante de cada peripecia o detalle expresivo y la dureza del retablo social que dibuja el conjunto. Tras un prolongado silencio, Eduardo Mendoza regresa a la novela para alcanzar una de sus cimas narrativas.
Sunset Park
Author: Paul Auster
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
ISBN: 1429947276
Pages: 320
Year: 2010-11-09
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Luminous, passionate, expansive, an emotional tour de force Sunset Park follows the hopes and fears of a cast of unforgettable characters brought together by the mysterious Miles Heller during the dark months of the 2008 economic collapse. An enigmatic young man employed as a trash-out worker in southern Florida obsessively photographing thousands of abandoned objects left behind by the evicted families. A group of young people squatting in an apartment in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. The Hospital for Broken Things, which specializes in repairing the artifacts of a vanished world. William Wyler's 1946 classic The Best Years of Our Lives. A celebrated actress preparing to return to Broadway. An independent publisher desperately trying to save his business and his marriage. These are just some of the elements Auster magically weaves together in this immensely moving novel about contemporary America and its ghosts. Sunset Park is a surprising departure that confirms Paul Auster as one of our greatest living writers.